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CSU hosts Upward Bound Olympics

August 1, 2014
by Cassie Crutchfield

High school students in Upward Bound programs at Colorado State University, University of Northern Colorado and Metro State University all came together on July 11 on CSU's campus for the annual Olympic games.

The students were split into 16 separate teams to compete in dodge ball, volleyball, math races and college application-related trivia games. Because Upward Bound works with students from across the state on an individual level, the Olympics are a fun way to bring them together.  

Not all fun and games 

As one of TRIO’s seven programs at CSU, Upward Bound focuses on helping low-income and first-generation high school students stay on track and prepare for college. CSU’s program accepts 104 students from various Colorado high schools each year.

After being recommended by a teacher, counselor or friend, students must apply, submit an essay and go through an interview process. Once accepted into the program, students are expected to stick with it throughout their high school career. Upward Bound counselors meet with students individually once every two weeks, monitor grades and provide resources to keep them on the track toward their higher education goals.

Upward Bound provides assistance with:

  • Tutoring
  • Homework
  • Resume building
  • Writing college essays
  • Applying to colleges
  • Scholarship search
  • ACT Prep and fee waivers

On campus

This year marks the 50th anniversary for Upward Bound as an organization and its 37-year partnership with CSU. During the summer months, CSU offers the only 6-week Upward Bound residential camp in the state. Students take high school courses, have designated study hours and participate in social activities all while getting a chance to be in a college setting.  

Devontay Tobe, a junior at Montobello High School, is in his first year with Upward Bound. “It has made me more organized and social,” he said about his experience. “I get a chance to be in a college atmosphere like this, and I understand what I need to do to get here.”